Post and Beam Construction – Part 2

Log homes and post and beam projects are as unique as the homeowners who occupy the space.  If you envision your dream home having characteristics like no other, then check out our latest project.

Post and Beam Construction – Foundation

Similarly to a log home, a post and beam home can be constructed on any type of foundation: poured walls, insulated concrete forms (ICF), concrete block or pre-cast walls.  This particular post and beam home is constructed on pre-cast walls by Superior Walls.

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The type of foundation used for your dream post and beam home is contingent upon your personal preference, and ultimately the decision is yours to make.  Timberhaven Log Homes will produce a set of detailed foundation plans for your contractor once your decision is finalized, but we encourage you to investigate soil bearing conditions, slope of the building lot, and state/local regulations before you make final arrangements.

Post and Beam Construction – Sub-floor

Here you can see the sub-floor has been constructed and the floor joists are in place.  In Timberhaven’s standard package, sheathing (either OSB, plywood, or Advantech) is supplied.  For this particular project, the customer chose in-floor radiant heating – Warmboard specifically – so that application is being applied here instead of the standard sheathing.

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Post and Beam Construction – The frame

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Last week we talked about the joinery of these posts and beams – first with compound cuts and then lags.  If you’re new to the blog and would like to review those specifics, click here.

In addition to the large posts and beams, you can see that 2” x 4”s are nailed to the posts for temporary bracing purposes during these beginning phases of construction.

We mentioned compound cuts…the construction team is putting a large circular saw to work here.  There’s not much use for the little one that is put to the side for this heavy timber project. Looks like fun.

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Post and Beam Construction – Customization

As with a Timberhaven log home, a post and beam project does not have to be a standard cookie-cutter home with four generic walls and a roof.  Let’s take a look at this cantilever, for example.

A cantilever is a long projecting beam(s) fixed only at one end.  The cantilever constructed here will support a 2nd level balcony.  Check out the length of those beams in the photo to the left.  Wow!

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Once this cantilever is fully constructed, it will look like this.

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Post and Beam Construction – First floor framing

Here the first level post and beam frame has been fully constructed.  You will also see in the photo to the right, the loft joists are in place.  Their job is to support the second floor.  See the opening in the middle of that photo?  That’s for the stairs.

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Check back next week…

With multiple compound cuts, it takes great skill and patience to erect a post and beam frame.  Thankfully, this crew is up to the challenge and the project is certainly off to a fantastic start.

Check back next week as we take a closer look at glu-lam placement and watch assembly of the second floor framework.  This is very exciting!

Post & Beam Construction: Introduction – Part 1

Timberhaven Log Homes is well-known in the industry for providing superior customer service and log homes that are built utilizing:

  • Kiln-dried laminated and solid logs that are dried to an average moisture content of 9%
    (laminated) and 19% (solid).
  • Graded and certified materials that ensure only the finest logs and timbers are used.
  • Wood components that are backed by a lifetime guarantee

But did you know that Timberhaven provides these same quality kiln-dried materials and exemplary services for those looking for a post & beam home?  If your heart is looking for a dream home that makes you harken back to the pioneer days and envelopes top-notch craftsmanship – and deep down you know a full blown log home is not for you – then maybe a post & beam home is the best option.

What is post & beam construction? 

Post & beam construction is a method of building the framework using upright and horizontal beams.  The upright members are referred to as “posts” and the horizontal members referred to as “beams.”  Hence post & beam construction.post & beam construction, heavy timber, Timberhaven log homes, log cabins, post & beam, home under construction

This photo illustrates the members to which we are referencing.  What you see here is the framework for the first level wall.  The heavy timbers are placed and secured in such a way that no further wall framing (like with conventional construction) is needed but the framework maintains the same structural integrity.

What is the difference between post & beam and timber frame construction?

Generally, there is some confusion between the terminology “post & beam construction” and “timber frame construction.”  The two methods of construction provide similar elements whereas heavy timbers are used to construct the framework of a home, barn, etc.  The difference between the two methods is how the heavy timbers are assembled.corner assembly for post & beam construction, lag bolts used, kiln dried, heavy timber, Timberhaven log homes, log cabins, post & beam

In post & beam construction mechanical fasteners (3/4” x 12” lag bolts) and in some instances gusset plates are used to join adjacent timbers.  You won’t find metal in the joinery of a true timber frame home.  Homes built utilizing this traditional method, rely on hand-cut tight fitting mortise and tenon joinery and large wooden pegs to secure the adjacent timbers.

 

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Quality materials for post & beam construction

For this particular project, Timberhaven supplied 8” x 8” posts, 8” x 12” beams, and 6” x 12” loft joists.  These members are of highest quality as they conform to our drying and grading standards.  post & beam home, under construction, heavy timber, Timberhaven log homes, log cabinsOur experts additionally certify these materials so that we are providing only the best materials to our customers.

In the next few weeks we are going to thoroughly outline the construction of this one-of-a-kind post & beam home.  These heavy timbers are as solid as they are beautiful; and we cannot wait to show you how this custom home becomes a true work of art.